Additional three projects secured for the Centre for Loneliness Studies

The newly established Centre for Loneliness Studies has secured a further three projects in addition to the three already secured earlier this year:

Reducing Loneliness through the built environment.

Business Boost award from Faculty - working with International property developers Lendlease.

A Review of the impact of loneliness and social isolation on health and well-being and whether people who experience loneliness/social isolation have higher use of public services.

This project was commissioned by the Welsh Government in conjunction with a Welsh research company (OB3). UoS led on this work. It involved scoping the literature on loneliness and social isolation, focusing on increased or decreased uptake of services. It also interviewed 10 main organisations involved with minority groups in Wales. A meta analysis was carried out on some of the data from the scoping review and a small association was found between loneliness and increased uptake of services. The work suggested that loneliness and social isolation does play a part in increased use of services, but that loneliness and social isolation alone do not create the conditions for increased service use. Rather it is the way society and services are structured to take into account the multiple and competing needs of a diverse population. The work will be used to inform different strategies by the Welsh Government such as health, public and social services.

Project coordinators: Janine Owens, with Fuschia Sirois and Andrea Wigfield

A Review of key mechanisms in intergenerational practices and their effectiveness at reducing loneliness and social isolation.

This project was commissioned by the Welsh Government in conjunction with a Welsh research company (OB3). OB3 took the lead for this project and UoS reviewed the literature on intergenerational practices and their effectiveness at reducing loneliness and social isolation. The literature revealed that there were many interventions but many were short term and few were effectively evaluated. This reduced the strength of the findings.

Project coordinators: Janine Owens and Andrea Wigfield.

See our complete list of projects here.

We are currently working on a plan for future work and to involve more members of staff and PhD students across the University in our work.

If you are interested in getting involved, you can contact the centre director Andrea Wigfield at a.wigfield@sheffield.ac.uk.